Case Studies

Our case studies focus on brands and products that provide lessons from real challenges and opportunities which you can use to inform business strategy. They are packed with detail including brand portfolio, pricing, and communications and marketing strategy, merchandising and distribution, and come with a check list of key lessons learned.

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Published: September 2022

Case study: Sara Lee

Grupo Bimbo-owned Sara Lee gives consumers permission to indulge in bread and is proof that even Big Food can use the big trends to successfully innovate in a traditional category.

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Published: April 2022

Case study: Seedlip

Seedlip was dubbed "a game-changing brand" when it launched in 2015. However, after 7 complete years in business the company is yet to make a profit. A combination of ill-founded premium pricing and taste challenges has caused Seedlip to evolve into a brand that is under-performing in a high-growth category.

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Published: July 2021

Case study: Siete

Realising that that no one was selling Mexican American products in the health-food category, the Garza family decided to change this and launched Siete. The brand's range of grain-free tortillas and tortilla chips became an instant success and Siete achieved $40m in sales in 2020. 

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Published: October 2022

Case study: Simply Almond & Oat

Simply capitalises on the notion that "plant-based milks are full of additives" by offering 'clean' products made from almond or oat. Sales of Simply Almond reached $24.3m (€25.2m) in 2021, making it one of the most successful products that year.

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Published: September 2019

Case study: Skånemejerier

What started as a cooperative for dairy farmers in 1964 has now grown to be one of the biggest dairy companies in Sweden, providing the country's southern regions with a range of dairy and fruit juice products. Skånemejerier sometimes talks about themselves as “the innovative dairy company” and is proof that even big companies can be creative and act quickly on new consumer trends.

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Published: August 2022

Case study: SlimFast Keto

Launching keto products under a brand best known for its low-calorie and low-carb proposition is bold but for Glanbia-owned SlimFast, it has paid off. The brand's keto range quickly took off and accounts for around 40% of the brand’s overall business today.

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Published: November 2017

Case Study: Slimming World

Slimming World is a UK weight loss company that was formed in 1969. The company is focused on creating local networks for people looking to lose weight, and around 4000 Slimming World trained consultants help an estimated 900 000 members across the UK and Ireland today.

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Published: August 2021

Case study: Smart Sweets

Canadian Smart Sweets, founded by a 21-year-old in 2015, has sky rocketed to become the market leader in the low-sugar sweet section in both the US and Canada. It is proof that with good marketing and a convincing enough concept, you can sell your product at a 1000% price premium and still be a flourishing business. 

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Published: August 2020

Case study: Smashmallow

This gourmet marshmallow brand is a prime example of a traditional food that has been reinvented. The brand has taken a familiar product and made consumers think about it differently through branding, positioning, packaging and culinary tweaks – and this is what most of the success stories are about.

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Published: June 2019

Case study: SnackNation

After just four years on the market SnackNation has sales over $17m - much thanks to developing a secondary revenue stream to complement its snack box subscription service. SnackNation is proof that creativity and intelligence goes a long way.

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